Endangered Species News

  • The World’s Smallest Porpoise Down to the Smallest Numbers
    World’s Smallest Porpoise Down to

    Earther Gizmodo, Mar. 18 2019 -In a tiny 15-by-7.5-mile section of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, poachers come out in the night and drop their illegal gill nets. They’re fishing for the critically endangered totoaba, a large fish whose bladder is used in Chinese traditional medicine. However, these gillnets don’t only catch this endangered fish; they catch the vaquita, the most endangered marine mammal in the world.

    In fact, those fishnets have decimated the remaining population, which stands at no more than 22 individuals and probably closer to 10 as of the summer of 2018, according to a report released on March 14 by CIRVA, an international committee seeking to save the species.

  • Arctic Seals of Disapproval in he Form of a Lawsuit
    Lawsuit Launched to Protect Arctic Habitat
    of Endangered Ice Seals

    Center for Biological Diversity, Mar. 14 2019 - The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to compel the designation of critical habitat in Alaska for two ice seal species. Both bearded and ringed seals are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because their Arctic sea-ice habitat is melting.

    “As these ice seals’ homes melt away, the Trump administration has to give these animals the protection the Endangered Species Act requires,” said Emily Jeffers, a staff attorney with the Center. “With the Arctic warming at twice the global warming rate, ringed and bearded seals urgently need our help.”

  • Is the Gulf of Mexico Being Sacrificed for Oil and Gas?
    Don't Sacrifice the Gulf of Mexico
    Whale for Oil and Gas

    Feb. 21, 2019  National Resources Defense Council(NRDC) - NRDC and Healthy Gulf are suing the Trump administration to protect this imperiled species.

    The Gulf of Mexico whale, one of the most endangered species on the planet, is facing extinction if it doesn’t gain the protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). But—not surprisingly — the Trump administration has been dragging its feet on listing this imperiled species.

  • Plummeting Insect Is Back and It’s a Bee Plus
    World’s Largest Bee, Once Presumed Extinct, Filmed Alive In The Wild

    National Geographic, Feb.21, 2019 - The world’s largest bee may also be the planet’s most elusive. First discovered in 1859 by the prominent scientist Alfred Russel Wallace, nobody could locate it again, and it was presumed extinct.

    But Wallace’s giant bee (Megachile pluto) was not gone. In 1981, an entomologist named Adam Messer searched and found it on three islands in Indonesia, on an archipelago called the North Moluccas. He collected a specimen and wrote about his discovery in 1984.

  • This Returning Insect Gets a Bee Plus
    The World’s Largest Bee Has Been
    Rediscovered After 38 Years

    Feb. 21, 2019 Science News - Everything about Wallace’s giant bee is goliath: It reaches an average body length of around 4 centimeters — about the size of a walnut — and has a wingspan of over 7.5 centimeters. Yet despite its eye-popping size, it’s been nearly 40 years since the world’s largest bee (Megachile pluto) was officially sighted in the wild.

    So when Eli Wyman, an entomologist at Princeton University, had an opportunity to hunt for the elusive bee, he jumped at the chance. He and two other scientists, along with photographer Clay Bolt, set off in January for a two-week expedition to forests on two of only three Indonesian islands where the bee has ever been found.

  • Whale of a Story For Orcas and Belugas
    Time Running Out For Orcas,
    Belugas Trapped in Icy 'Whale Jail'

    Feb. 14, 2019 National Geographic - Eleven killer whales (also known as orcas) and 87 belugas languish in several rectangular sea pens in Srednyaya Bay in Russia’s Far East. Four Russian firms that supply marine animals to aquariums caught them over the course of several months in the summer of 2018. Their plight made headlines in November, when a drone captured aerial video footage of the facility, leading the media to label it the “whale jail.”

    Read all about it, and/or view a slow-loading video.

  • Insects Could Vanish From the Earth Within a Century
    Plummeting Insect Numbers
    'Threaten Collapse of Nature'

    Feb. 10, 2019 The Guardian -The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

    More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

  • Judge Protects the Golden-Cheeked Warbler
    Golden-Cheeked Warbler
    Protections Near San Antonio

    Feb. 8, 2019 Express News -The golden-cheeked warbler, a songbird that has lost much of its nesting area to suburban sprawl near San Antonio, Austin and across Central Texas, will remain protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, a judge in Austin has ruled.

    The decision came in a lawsuit filed 18 months ago by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation on behalf of the Texas General Land Office.

  • Endangered Southland Frog May Soon Be Out of Danger
    Final Recovery Plan Released
    for Endangered Southland Frog

    Feb. 6, 2019 My News LA -The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wednesday announced a recovery plan for the endangered Southern California population of mountain yellow-legged frogs.

    The finalized plan, developed in response to legal action by the Center for Biological Diversity, calls for a wide array of recovery actions and research efforts to deal with the multitude of threats to the survival of the amphibian.

  • 2018 Was Not a Good Year for the Florida Manatee
    13% of Florida Manatees Died in 2018

    Jan. 31, 2019 The Revelator -An estimated 824 manatees died in Florida waters last year, a nearly 50% increase over the number of mortalities in 2017 and the second-highest death count ever.

    Sadly, a large number of this year’s deaths were human-caused, either directly from accidents or from long-term environmental threats created by anthropogenic forces. (-That’s us, fellow humans)

  • Bolivian Frogs Are Being Saved from Extinction
    This Rediscovered Bolivian Frog Species
    Survived Deadly Chytrid Fungus

    Jan. 17, 2019 Science News -Save for one “lonely” survivor in captivity, the Sehuencas water frog hadn’t been seen in the wild since 2008. That’s when its numbers collapsed, primarily due to chytridiomycosis, a fungal disease that has devastated frog populations worldwide. Fearing the species might be extinct, some scientists spent 10 years searching the Bolivian mountain forests for the amphibians. Now, they’ve found a tiny population of five.

    Have a gander at the image.

  • Humans Are Not the Only Ones Affected by a Border Wall
    Trump’s Border Wall Threatens
    Rare Butterflies and Native Bees

    Jan. 15, 2019 The Revelator - The list of environmental impacts from President Trump’s proposed border wall keeps growing.

    Numerous experts have expressed fear that the wall would have devastating effects on birds, jaguars, fish, butterflies and potentially thousands of additional species.

    Now a new research project reveals that dozens of beautiful native bee species, most of which are rarely seen in the United States, could also be hurt or wiped out by the border wall. Bees perform crucial work as pollinators of plants that feed birds and other animals. If their numbers are reduced or species are lost altogether, it could cause a cascade of harmful environmental impacts.

  • Good News For Endangered Sea Turtles & Marine Mammals
    Good News For Endangered
    Sea Turtles & Marine Mammals

    Jan. 15, 2019 Quartz News -If you’re on a beach late one evening, and you’re very lucky, you might someday see the birth of baby sea turtles.

    The sand beneath your feet wriggles inexplicably, and tiny little creatures appear by the dozens from a hidden nest, left by their mother when they were eggs. Vulnerable and sweet, the hatchlings scurry to the water’s edge under cover of falling dusk, hoping to avoid predators. There, they throw themselves into the ocean, small and solitary, to begin the dangerous and lonely journey of becoming a turtle. Watching such a scene makes being born human look like a very cushy gig.

  • It's Good News for the Right Whale
    Endangered Species Observers
    Have Spotted the First
    Right Whale Calf of the Season

    Oregon Public Broadcasting , Dec. 29, 2018 - There is a happy corner of the Internet today, and it is celebrating the first North Atlantic right whale calf sighting of the season. The news is a big deal, considering the fact that the North Atlantic right whale is critically endangered, its total population is only about 450 and not a single right whale calf was spotted last season.

  • Japan is Back to Its Old Whaling Tricks
    Japan Embraces Commercial Whaling, Pulls
    Out of Global Alliance that Banned Practice

    Oregon Public Broadcasting , Dec. 26, 2018 - Japan is withdrawing from an international group that bans commercial whaling, saying it will resume commercial hunts for the first time in 30 years next July. Japan will leave the International Whaling Commission, which put a moratorium on commercial whaling in the 1980s.

    “Japan argues that it has a long tradition of whaling, even though Japanese today eat very little whale meat,” NPR’s Anthony Kuhn reports from Tokyo.

  • How Extreme Weather Is Affecting Wildlife
    Wildlife Struggle to Cope
    with Extreme Weather

    ENN Network, Dec. 21, 2018 - The mass death of flying foxes in extreme heat in North Queensland last month underscores the importance of University of Queensland wildlife research released today.

    A study led by UQ School of Earth and Environmental Science researcher Dr Sean Maxwell has synthesized more than 70 years of research to quantify the responses of various species.

    “The growing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as cyclones, droughts and floods is causing unpredictable and immediate changes to ecosystems and obstructing existing management efforts,” Dr Maxwell said.

  • Bumble Bees Are in Trouble: Thanks, Trump Administration
    Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
    Among Ten Species Imperiled
    by the Trump Administration

    Jan. 25, 2019 National Resources Defense Council(NRDC) -In 2017, after a NRDC legal challenge to the Trump administration’s delay of its listing, the rusty patched bumble bee was added to the Endangered Species List, making it the first listed bumble bee.

    The Trump administration, however, continues to drag its feet on designating critical protected habitat for the bee as required by the Endangered Species Act. Worse yet, the administration’s proposed regulations would prioritize protections only for habitat currently occupied by the species, making it more difficult to protect unoccupied habitat crucial to the bee’s recovery. In the last two decades, the rusty patched bumble bee has disappeared from almost 90 percent of its historic range due to pressures from disease, climate change, habitat loss and the widespread overuse of bee-toxic pesticides.

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  • Fish & Wildlife Service Thinks It’s Ok to Shoot Wolves
    Fed. Judge Blasts Fish and Wildlife Service, Says Endangered Wolves Can't Be Shot

    Nov. 5, 2018 -The critically endangered American red wolf might have been saved from extinction.

    In a scathing court decision Monday, a federal judge in North Carolina ripped the Interior Department’s management of the last red wolf population in the wild, saying that an agency sworn to uphold a congressional mandate to preserve the animals violated it over and over, and even gave private landowners the right to shoot them.

    Click now for more
    from the Washington Post.

  • Frogs’ Numbers Are Significantly Declining
    Frogs Are Disappearing. What Does That Mean?

    Oct. 18, 2018 -The Dusky Gopher Frog, once endemic to the longleaf pine savannas of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana — and now listed among the 100 most endangered species on earth — is tiny, dark and warty. The creature is often described as both secretive and shockingly loud, with a rumbling, back-of-the-throat mating call that is uncannily close to the human snore. It hides from the sun almost its whole life, finding shelter in burned-out tree stumps. And although it’s armed against danger (its glands secrete poison), in the presence of a predator, the three-inch-long frog lifts its front legs to cover its eyes, like a child pretending to be invisible: You can’t see it if it can’t see you.

    Click now to read more from
     The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • To Bee Keep or Not to Bee Keep- That’s the Question
    Cultivating a Sustainable Garden with Beekeeping

    Oct. 17, 2018 -At least 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of all plants require cross-pollination to spread and thrive, making bees an important part of any ecosystem.

    Pollinators, and bees specifically, work to create many benefits for humans and the Earth we live on, and one of those is to increase the health of your garden.

    Whether you are a fan of honey, want to incorporate more beautiful flowers into your space or love being able to have a positive impact on the environment, beekeeping can prove to be a fun, sustainable hobby while also providing you with a way to improve the health of your garden and home.

    Click to learn more
    from the Greener Ideal.

  • Killer Whales Are in Trouble and You Can Help
    A Primer on the Critically Endangered
    Southern Resident Killer Whales

    Oct. 1, 2018 -The Seattle Times has been covering the plight of the southern resident killer whales, which have lost three members this summer. Another orca, K25, is ailing — while at least three females are pregnant.

    The Pacific Northwest’s orcas are at grave risk of extinction.

    Here’s a primer on why:

    Who are they?

    The southern resident orcas are a unique population of killer whales. They are critically endangered, with an extended family of only 74 members in three pods, named J, K and L.

    Click now for the complete primer
    from the Seattle Times.


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  • The Risk of Vanishing Freshwater Mussels
    America’s Freshwater Mussels Are Going
    Extinct — Here’s Why That Sucks

    The Revelator, Apr. 4 2018 -Unfortunately, despite the service they provide to our rivers and streams, North America’s freshwater mussels now need some conservation muscle.

    Pretty much wherever they’re found, the shelled bivalves are disappearing. Many of the 300-plus mussel species in the United States have already been added to the endangered species list; many more are waiting for similar protection. Beautiful species with crazy names like the orangefoot pimpleback, purple bean, Higgins eye pearlymussel and pink mucket could soon be a thing of the past.

  • Have a Problem With Giraffe Parts Sold in the U.S.?
    Giraffe Parts Sales Are Booming
    in the U.S., and It’s Legal

    Aug. 23, 2018 -An investigation showed imports made into pillows, boots and other items have become increasingly popular, at a time when the animal’s global population is dwindling.

    According to a report to be released Thursday by Humane Society of the United States and its international affiliate, more than 40,000 giraffe parts were imported to the United States from 2006 to 2015 to be made into expensive pillows, boots, knife handles, bible covers and other trinkets.

    Click now for more
    from the New York Times.

  • On Deck: Endangered Species Playing Cards
    Extinction in a Handful of Cards

    As reviewer John Platt wandered the aisles of Rose City Comic-Con in Portland in September (2018), his eyes kept taking in images of the dying and the deceased. Many of the attending artists, I found, were selling artwork and prints of endangered or extinct species. This included plenty of images of dinosaurs — you’d expect that from such an imaginative crowd — but also a fair share of tigers, rhinos, orangutans and polar bears.

    And then there was one of the most unusual items I found at this year’s convention: a tiny pack of playing cards devoted to extinction. Called simply “The 6th Extinction,” it’s like any normal deck of cards — except that in addition to your traditional hearts and clubs, each card also contains a painting or drawing of a species that has been lost due to human activity.

    Click to read more from
     The Revelator.

  • Do Right by the Right Whale
    Protect North Atlantic Right
    Whales from Deadly Entanglements

    -North Atlantic right whales could be extinct in the wild by 2040 -- and the two leading reasons for human-caused North Atlantic right whale deaths are ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.

    The US government has lowered permitted vessel speeds to reduce ship strikes. But to save these whales we have to prevent deadly fishing entanglements too.

    Click now to sign this petition.

  • Saving Wolves - Ethical or Unethical?
    The Ethics of Saving Wolves

    July 11, 2018 -What is it about wolves that drive so much passion — either to conserve them and rebuild their populations or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, to hunt them or even remove them from the wild?

    Answering that question gets to the heart of what it means to be human and what wolves mean to people, says Michael P. Nelson, professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University.

    Click now for the the story
    from The Revelator.

  • Durrell Wildlife Trust
    The Many Ways They Defend Species

    An organization fully dedicated to the preservation of species. Their website contains many stories, videos and images to get their message across.

    Click now to get to the site.

  • Lions Have Their Own Day
    Main Cause for Mane Claws

    August 11, 2017 - Today is World Lion Day, and we can't think of a better way to spend it than raising critically needed funds for research-driven, field-tested strategies that will help save one of the most awe-inspiring species on Earth.

    Click to see how you can help.

  • Swans: Get the Lead Out
    Search And Rescue For
    Lead-Poisoned Swans

    Feb. 3, 2017,- When Martha Jordan arrived on scene, an elegant white bird with a black beak, a symbol of grace and beauty, lay draped across the tall grass at the edge of a lake. Jordan trudged through the marsh, scooped up its emaciated, 10-pound body and cradled the dead bird in her arms.

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  • The Swift Fox is In Trouble
    Swift Fox May Not Be
    Swift Enough to Avoid Extinction

    - Although historically common and widely distributed in short- and mixed-grass prairies of the Great Plains, swift foxes have experienced significant population declines and are now estimated to occupy less than half of their historic range in the United States. In the face of this enormous decline, a multi-stakeholder, comprehensive approach is required to restore swift fox populations across the Northern Great Plains and beyond. Collaboration among tribal communities, universities, conservation organizations, state and government agencies, and private landowners is essential for the swift fox to make a viable comeback.

    Click now for the news
    from World Wildlife Federation.

  • Polar Bears International
    Polar Bears International -
    Yes, They Have Their Own Group

    Their mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. We also work to inspire people to care about the Arctic and its connection to our global climate.

  • Earth-Friendly Diet
    Eat Less Meat: Save More Wildlife

    Meat production is one of the main drivers of environmental degradation globally, and the crisis is rapidly growing worse.

    That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity launched their Earth-friendly Diet campaign.

  • The Last of Their Kind
    Eight Species On Life Support

    Oct. 3, 2016 - Other than the remote hope of cloning extinct animals, ponderings about extinct creatures are reserved for the imagination. Extinction is the reason we should cherish the creatures that still roam the planet, the ones we still have a chance to experience. This is especially true when it comes to creatures teetering on the brink of extinction.

    Click now for a glimpse
    (while you still can).

  • End of a Bumble Bee Species
    This Bumble Bee Is About to Go Extinct

    Sept. 28, 2016 -The rusty patched bumble bee, which can be identified by a rust-colored patch on its abdomen, was once a commonly seen pollinator from the midwest to the east coast. Unfortunately, scientists believe that it has disappeared from 87% of its historic range since the 1990s and that its population has declined by a startling 95%.

    Click now for a bad buzz.

  • Last 100 Yrs of Animal Extinction
    Every Extinct Animal Since 1916

    Click now for the images
    and the rest of the story.

  • Fla. Endangered Species Slideshow
    Endangered Panther Slide Show

    From Sierra Club - presented by Associated Organizing Representative, Aexis Meyer, MSc -This slideshow is being presented by Ms Meyer at various Sierra Club venues thorouhgout the country. It keys in on why we need to protect panthers and other endangered animals.

  • Bluefin Tuna Danger
    Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Are In Trouble

    This largest of tuna and can live up to 40 years. They migrate across oceans and can dive more than 4,000 feet...

    Click now for more and
    to watch a video.

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The World's Ten Most Threatened Species

Ivory Billed WP
Javan Rhino
Bamboo Lemur
Bamboo Lemur
Northern Right Whale
Right Whale
Mountain Gorilla
Siberian Tiger
Chinese Giant Salamander
Chinese Giant
Hawaiian Monk Seals
Monk Seal